Cyprus with Cobalt Air: Paphos and Asimina Suites
On an island where history is measured in millennia rather than years, Paphos has long been familiar to those in the know about archaeology and ancient ruins. Sites such as Kato Paphos and the Tombs of The Kings are evocative springboards into the past, further enhanced by their privileged locations where views of a crystalline blue sea certainly add to the overall experience. As a European Capital Of Culture for 2017, Paphos is finally gaining the recognition it deserves as a destination not just for history buffs but for anyone looking for a low-key, stress-free island holiday in the sunshine of the Mediterranean. As one of the sunniest countries in the world, Cyprus is already a favourite destination for Northern Europeans escaping their bleak winters. Now the rest of the world is catching on.
Some of the most impressive vestiges of past civilisations, though, were only rediscovered relatively recently. The splendid House of Dionysos was accidentally found by a farmer in 1963. Virtually every new construction project on the island of Cyprus reveals something of the past―a pain for the builders but joy for visitors who enjoy the continually increasing cultural patrimony of one of the oldest inhabited places in the world. Not that Paphos is mired in the past. As the diverse European Capital Of Culture calendar of events amply demonstrates, Cyprus revels in its modernity as much as its history. Contemporary art installations and concerts in unusual places, performance pieces by avant garde actors, and a variety of other activities are planned throughout the year.
The main sights and the archaeological areas of Paphos, along with the nightlife district, are in the centre of town. To have the feel of being on a remote island rather than in a busy resort, a stay at the luxurious Asimina Suites on the beachfront just outside the town centre provides the mental decompression so important as a balance to busy urban lives at home. Located on Pachyammos Beach just a couple a couple of kilometres from Paphos Castle, Asimina Suites looks to ensure its guests have maximal relaxation with minimal worry. An unassuming façade belies the standard of excellence inside the building. This adults-only property has a mere 117 units (all suites), which means it never has a crowded feeling even when fully booked; it also means the restaurants and swimming pools are never overrun with rambunctious children. Or, for that matter, with boisterous adults. The hotel keeps its beachfront free of the jetskis and other motorised watercraft found along the coast in the centre of town, preserving the peace and quiet so highly valued by the clientele here. Adding to the agreeable ambience and pleasant surroundings, the well-trained staff at Asimina Suites are only too happy to assist guests in making their time at the hotel more enjoyable. A well-trained staff is the hallmark of all four properties in the Paphos family-owned Constantinou Bros portfolio, which includes three four-star properties in addition to the five-star Asimina Suites.
With Cobalt Air‘s expanding network of flights linking Cyprus to various European and regional destinations, the country is well placed to become a more popular holiday destination with longhaul travellers, especially this year with the European Capital of Culture festivities.